Between safety and vulnerability: the exiled other of international relations

Amanda Russell Beattie*

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Inspired by the idea of safe citizenship this article queries the possibilities of safety in an age of securitization. It challenges the cosmopolitan worldview and its iteration of a global cosmopolitan citizen. It champions an account of affective citizenship, narration and attends to the trauma of exile. It offers an account of exile before suggesting an institutional design premised on politicization. This design, it is argued, facilitates moments of storytelling fostering individual empowerment. This unorthodox rendering of agency allows the traumatized exile to negotiate the world as it is, not as it could be, as a potential ‘safe’ citizen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-242
Number of pages15
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number2
Early online date1 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Citizenship Studies on 1/2/16, available online:


  • international political theory
  • cosmopolitanism
  • exile
  • affective citizenship
  • narrative politics


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